The elephant that killed two mahouts at Karukanchal being brought under control
© E V Ragesh
The elephant that killed two mahouts at Karukanchal being brought under control
An elephant which turned violent killed both its mahouts besides creating a ruckus in Champakkara in Kottayam district on Thursday. Gopinathan Nair, 60, from Karukachal and Akhil (Kannan), 30, from Ithithanam were killed. It was the elephant Channanikkad Ayyappan which had turned violent round 3pm.

The elephant floored the first mahout Nair before goring him to death. Following this the elephant ran out of the compound and the second mahout Kannan was killed while he tried to chain the elephant. Gopinathan succumbed to injuries while being taken to the hospital while Kannan succumbed to injuries at the Medical College Hospital.

The elephant which had turned violent ran nearly seven kilometres before tranquilised by veterinary surgeon Sabu C Issac of the elephant squad by around 4.30pm. The local residents went through tense moments for over an hour.

Angry elephant

The Elephant had turned violent at the compound of Vasudev Kurup. The elephant was brought here for shifting timber lying in the compound. It was chained to a tree in the compound by both the mahouts in the morning after it showed signs of violence. It attacked Gopinathan by breaking the chains when the mahout had come near the elephant in the afternoon. Nair was knocked off his feet by its legs and floored him and then gored him. After this it went out of the compound and ran through the road.

The second mahout followed him. The elephant entered Kottayam-Kozhenchery road and reached Koothrappally crossing Subhash Junction. From here it turned to Palamattam Road. The second mahout got stuck in front of the elephant and he was lifted using the trunk and was pressed against a nearby wall fatally injuring him.

Chained elephant